Science is in everything we do, so it is given high importance at Newfield Park Primary School. Children are taught Biology, Physics and Chemistry as discrete subjects, under the umbrella of Science. At Newfield, we aim to make science as practical and 'hands on' as possible, linking it to real life contexts, where appropriate and giving a purpose to the children's learning. We try to make the most of our outdoor learning spaces as well as giving the children a broad and balanced approach in the classroom. At Newfield, we follow the National Curriculum Science KS1/2 and each year group covers the following topics:
Through high-quality science teaching, children at Newfield are given opportunities to:
- Develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences.
- Acquire a curious and questioning mind.
- Develop skills of observation and investigation.
- Collect, retrieve, present and communicate their findings to others in a variety of ways.
'The Polar Explorer Programme', was a very successful project in school, where the children had the opportunity to carry out a range of scientific investigations.
'The Polar Explorer Programme encourages and supports schools who are keen to raise aspirations and attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers' STEM Learning Ltd, 2019.
We have continued to implement some of the activities within our Science lessons. There are a wide range of resources available to enhance the children's learning. STEM days are held to engage the children and extend their knowledge of careers and opportunities in these areas. We, as a school, also take part in Science focus weeks; we learn about significant Scientists and undertake a range of investigations in more detail.
Every year, we welcome the Black Hole Mobile Planetarium into school to provide our Year Fives with a deeper and engaging insight into Earth and Space. Due to the success of this event, we have also invited the mobile planetarium in to engage and enthuse our Year Threes in their topic of 'Light'.
At the start of every academic year, each class is asked to select a Science Ambassador. The Science Ambassador's role is to attend meetings, with the Science lead, feedback their classes' opinions, share news and ideas as well as helping to plan and organise events for Science weeks.
Science Leads responsibilities
There is an up-to-date Science Policy, which is available for parents to view, which has been created by the Science lead and approved by the school's governors. The Science action plan is amended and evaluated every term and shared with SLT (Senior Leadership Team). Resources are monitored and maintained regularly and staff are asked in advance, if they require any extra equipment. Staff receive support and guidance from the Science Lead to ensure they enhance the children's learning further and know where to go if they require further CPD (Continued Professional Development).
Science Ambassadors are currently planning a range of after school STEM clubs for KS1 and KS2. We have also applied for a STEM Ambassador to help run the after school clubs. Further details will follow.